In an incident that demonstrates the dangers police officers face after pulling someone over for a traffic ticket, a man reported to be intoxicated slammed his vehicle into an Atherton Police Department patrol car on Nov. 11 and caused a chain reaction that knocked to the ground two officers and the driver being ticketed, authorities said.
Attorneys from the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office will have Luis Felipe Garcia-Pantoja, 19, arraigned today, Dec. 8, on charges that include driving under the influence and causing injury, and driving without a valid license, Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti said in a report.
Mr. Garcia-Pantoja is in county jail on $50,000 bail, but he is also on a no-bail hold by federal immigration authorities, Ms. Guidotti said. Police reported his blood-alcohol level, at the time of the accident, to be 0.22 percent, substantially above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Two Atherton police officers had pulled over and were citing a driver who had been traveling southbound on El Camino Real. All three were out of their vehicles when they heard a "loud crash," Ms. Guidotti said.
Mr. Garcia-Pantoja had driven his vehicle into one of the parked patrol cars, which then struck the second patrol car. While the impact somehow knocked everyone to the ground, no one suffered "significant injury or pain," Ms. Guidotti said.